Antioxidants are molecules that render free radicals harmless by donating an electron. The donated electron brings the free radical back into balance, preventing any potential oxidative damage.
Your body has a limited ability to produce antioxidants, but increased free radical levels in the modern world overwhelm your body’s ability to protect itself. To boost antioxidant levels, your body relies on your diet.
How can I increase antioxidant levels in my body?
The majority of the antioxidants that your body uses to protect itself come from your diet. Eating vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables provides your body with antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and flavonoids.
Very few people, however, eat enough fruits and vegetables to provide their bodies with sufficient levels of antioxidants. To fill in the nutritional gaps of modern diets, many people turn to supplementation.